2014 Gateway to Innovation brings IT Leaders and thinkers together from across the nation to inspire, collaborate and gain the competitive edge in an industry that demands more for less.

 

2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:






 

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world. In 2013, Thinkers50 ranked Don fourth among the world’s most influential management thinkers and was awarded the Global Solutions Award .





 

Erik Wahl is a recognized artist and speaker who inspires professionals to achieve greater levels of performance. The Wahl Group, challenges organizations to implement breakthrough thinking techniques to accomplish extraordinary results.Erik’s unique understanding of vision traces back to his experience as an artist.





 

LT General Honoré No one can forget the images of devastation on the Gulf Coast left by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. When it seemed that desperation and chaos were taking over the city of New Orleans, one man stepped in to take charge and restore order and hope, General Russel L. Honoré.





Don McMillan has performed over 200 shows for major corporations around the United States including IBM, Dell, Apple, Cisco Systems, and HP. He is the only stand-up comedian working who is using PowerPoint and references "Avagadro's Number", "DRAM", and beta tests all his jokes.


New for 2014: Executive Breakout Track






 

Abbie Lundberg helps leaders and their teams translate complex issues into focused, compelling messages to gain buy in and deliver results. Meaningful communication is more important than ever to companies’ ability to influence stakeholder thinking and behavior - both inside and outside the company.





 

Brian Shul As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in the hospital. Brian masterfully uses his aviation slides and stories as a vehicle to tell a broader inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream.





Dr. Carl Hammerschlag is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker, healer, and humanitarian clown. A Yale-trained psychiatrist; he has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. He is an expert on how to survive in rapidly changing cultures.

Executive Breakout Track Panel Presentation:


Jeffrey Bonner, PhD
President & CEO
St. Louis Zoo

 

Michael Abbene
Ret VP/CIO
Arch Coal

 

Donald Imholz
Centene Corporation
Executive VP & CIO




HIGHLIGHTS:
  • • Tremendous opportunity to network with more than 800 regional IT executives and build new relationships
  • • 28 interactive sessions hosted by industry leaders addressing the convergence of IT with other business imperatives
  • • Community Giveback: over $490, 000 to date has been donated to the local IT Community
  • • Professional Development Showcase helping IT executives advance their careers
  • • Awards Program celebrating local leaders and the future of regional growth
  • • An Invitation Only CIO reception the evening prior to the conference
  • • Entrepreneur Showcase, hosted by the St. Louis RCGA and ITEN
  • • Technology Research Showcase, establishing the region as a vibrant technology growth center


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Honorary Advisors

Mary P. Heger

Mary P. Heger
VP, IT & CIO
Ameren Services

Fued Sadala

Fued Sadala
CIO
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Mark A. Schmitt

Mark A. Schmitt
SVP & CIO
Brown Shoe Company

Donald G. Imholz

Donald G. Imholz
EVP & CIO
Centene Corporation

Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam
SVP & CIO
Cequel3/Suddenlink

Vinny Ferrari

Vinny Ferrari
CIO
Edward Jones

Kathy McElligott

Kathy McElligott
VP & CIO
Emerson

Craig Kennedy

Craig Kennedy
SVP & CIO
Enterprise Holdings

Gary Wimberly

Gary Wimberly
SVP & CIO
Express Scripts, Inc.

Ryan Hyman

Ryan Hyman
VP, IT Services
Laclede Gas

Gerry Imhoff

Gerry Imhoff
SVP
Maritz

Gil Hoffman

Gil Hoffman
VP & CIO
Mercy Technology Services

Edgar Aguilar

Edgar Aguilar
CTO-Operations
MasterCard Worldwide

Debbie Erickson

Debbie Erickson
VP & CIO
METRO

Mike Miller

Mike Miller
Director
MoDOT Information Systems

Lina A Young

Lina A Young
SVP, IT
Peabody Energy

Joe Caro

Joe Caro
CIO, SVP
Post Holdings

Matthew Spyers

Matthew Spyers
VP, CIO
Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.

Dr. William R. Powell Jr.

Dr. William R. Powell Jr.
General Manager
REJIS Commission

Mark Showers

Mark Showers
EVP & CIO
RGA Reinsurance Company

Ian Patterson

Ian Patterson
CIO
Scottrade

Silji Abraham

Silji Abraham
VP & CIO
Sigma-Aldrich

Robert Byrne

Robert Byrne
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St Louis CIO Board

Michael Paasch

Michael Paasch
VP, Regional CIO
SSM

Steve Siegler

Steve Siegler
Deputy CIO
State of Missouri

Mike Duncan

Mike Duncan
CIO
St. Louis County Government

Dele Oredugba

Dele Oredugba
Director IT
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept

Sharon Gietel

Sharon Gietel
VP of IT & CIO
The Doe Run Company

Barbara Mohn

Barbara Mohn
Director of IT
Metropolitan Sewer District

John Meister

John Meister
CIO
Panera Bread Company

Charles Bremer

Charles Bremer
VP(Retired)
Ameren Services Center

Anthony DeCanti

Anthony DeCanti
SVP & CIO
UNIGROUP, Inc.

James Swanson

James Swanson
CIO
Monstanto

Karl Mudra

Karl Mudra
CIO
Delta Dental of MO

Beth Ring

Beth Ring
Information Systems Director
MoDOT Info Sys

Olivia Combest

Olivia Combest
VP & CIO
NESTLE Purina Pet Care